Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
I’m a Kenyan freelance writer, blogger, author, and poet.
There is nothing much to say about my personal life except that I am a very private person.
Chinua Achebe’s A Man of the People inspired me to write— Aim, to revoke vices.
Tell us about your books.
First love – Poetry. I am an Avant-garde, I write bold poems on love, sex, and relationships. Second love is flash fiction stories, I revoke vices. And then novel covering general fiction, more of sociological thrillers.
I have five poetry collections, two collections of flash fiction, and two novels.
How did you go about getting published?
After I won the Nairobi International Book Fair (NIBF) Literary Awards organized by the National Book Development Council of Kenya (NBDCK) in 2010, I thought that I had a master key to every mainstream publishers door. I’ve never been more wrong. They all rejected what I was selling them – poetry – saying Kenyans don’t read poetry except for schools, or they were not publishing poetry.
That’s when I went online self-publishing, courtesy of a friend, and poet, Juliette Westbrook-Finch.
What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
I write mostly in the morning, from 3:00am, during the day I record the happenings around me in my mind and file them for future projects, but evenings are for editing.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
Full-time job. I need to pay the bills.
Any advice for authors about book covers?
I used to design myself, but ever since I realized that they were screaming self-published, I got a professional cover designer to design my future book covers.
Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?
Yes. Be a guerrilla marketer, otherwise no one will sell your books.
What’s your favorite book?
Mine or other writers? — Mine, all of them. Other writers’ – anything James Patterson, Jodi Picoult, and Iris Johansen. Those top the list, but I have others, including African Writers.
What are you reading now?
Zoo by James Patterson.
What’s your next book project?
It’s a novel, the sequel to my first novel TWISTED TIMES: Son of Man.